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5 Podcasts to Get You Started

Updated on June 23, 2017
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Better late than never...

Although regressive in nature, podcasts are the future!

If you don't know what 'Podcasts' are, they are essentially radio shows, but much better. They were originally created for iPod's but have since become common on phones, tablets and laptops.

You simply find a podcast you like using a podcast app, download it for free and listen to it when you like.

3 things make Podcasts special

  • They are uncensored: TV and radio usually has one goal: MONEY! Whenever you see your favorite celebrity on a talk show they are given a long list of things they cannot talk about and told one thing: "promote your new movie", "promote your brand", "don't upset anyone" etc. You can listen to that same person on a podcast where they are unrestricted and can be themselves, they can talk about anything they want and share a side of themselves you will never have seen before. Podcasts are not usually profit driven yet may contain an advert from a sponsor to support the podcast, this is nothing to TV and Radio where a 3 minute song is followed by 3 minutes of advertisements.
  • They are portable: These days you can watch a movie on your smartphone whilst on the train, but realistically your phones battery will probably die within an hour. Being audio files, podcasts are much more battery friendly which means you can spend the afternoon hiking whilst learning about anything you want.
  • There are thousands to choose from: Being relatively easy to make, it seems like everyone today has their own podcast. You can find podcasts about anything. If you have a specific hobby simply search it on the podcast app and I am sure you will find hours material about it.

But with so many podcasts out there where to start....

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The Ricky Gervais Show

British comedian Ricky Gervais along with his co-hosts Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington put podcasts on the map (at least for me). Originally an XFM radio show, it became so popular it was made into an animated TV show and eventually propelled Karl into a global superstar.

The show follows no particular theme, and is just 3 guys roasting each other and discussing a variety of topics. Each and every episode is hilarious, and has often had me crying with laughter whilst on public transport.




Joe Rogan
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The Joe Rogan Experience

Joe Rogan is an American stand up comedian and UFC commentator who has become somewhat of a God in the pod-casting world.

In the podcast he will typically bring on a guest and have a 2-3 hour informal conversation with them. The guests come from all walks of life; comedians, celebrities, scientists, hunters, anthropologists, politicians, historians, athletes, porn stars....the list goes on.

Some of his more popular guests include; astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson, chef Anthony Bourdain, comdeian Russell Brand, navy seal Jocko Willink, biochemist Rhonda Patrick, metallica's James Hatfield...again the list goes on. Yet it can be the people you have never heard of that are the most interesting.

Serial

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Serial is an investigative journalism podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig, narrating a nonfiction story over multiple episodes. The show has 2 seasons each following a different investigation. The award winning shows gets the listener hooked, and tackles many ethical and moral issues.

Season 1 follows the 1999 murder of a Baltimore high school student, and season 2 follows the story of an american soldier captured by the Taliban and the charged with desertion.

Each episode drags you deeper into the story, and like your favorite Netflix series it is easy to binge on.

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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Dan Carlin's podcasts makes history fascinating for even those who have no interest in the subject at all. Dan brings historical events to life and often raises a lot of moral issues in his episodes. It is obvious how much effort he has put into researching and making his podcasts.

A favorite of many is his 'Wrath of the Khans' series which covers the Mongol invasion of the world and is over 8 hours long, but trust me, you will fly though it in a matter of days.

Tim Ferriss
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The Tim Ferriss Show

Best known for his book 'the 4 hour work week' Tim has been described as the Oprah of the pod-casting world.

The Tim Ferriss Show is generally the #1 business podcast on all of iTunes, and it’s been ranked #1 on many occasions. It is the first interview podcast to pass 100,000,000 downloads, and it has been selected as iTunes’ “Best of 2014,” “Best of 2015,” and “Best of 2016” (most downloaded).

Each episode, Tim deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more.

Prior guests include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx, Edward Norton, Tony Robbins, and Maria Popova to name a few.

5 Podcast Amazing Episodes

Podcast
Episode
About
Tim Ferriss Show
#124 Jamie Foxx
Biographical
Radio Lab
Nazi Summer Camp
Nazi prisoners in USA
Joe Rogan Experience
#812 Russell Brand
Life, Spirituality
DSR
#105 John Gray
Relationship advice
Invisibilia
The Secret History of Thoughts
Psychology
*not all podcasts are included in the list above.

Any podcasts that you would recommend?

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